Robert A. Schaefer Jr


Robert A. Schaefer, Jr. began learning about the medium while he was studying
Architecture at Auburn University in Alabama, his home state, and continued to do so at
the Technische Universitaet of Munich, Germany. He exhibited at the Amerika Hauses
in Munich, Hamburg, Hannover and Frankfurt as well as Kulturhaus in Graz, Austria and
the City Museum of Munich among others before moving to New York City in 1981
(where he still lives and works). In 1999 – 2000 he had a 25-Year Retrospective at the
Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama. Curator Peter Baldaia described the city images in
the exhibition catalogue as “formal abstractions of the urban landscape.” Lyle Rexer in
his book Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-garde, (published by Abrams in 2002) says,
“The work of former architect Robert Schaefer marries the process to a Machine Age
aesthetic of urban geometrics and industrial technologies." In November 2010, Schaefer
had exhibitions at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi and the Government
Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh of images he took in India in 2009 and printed
with the cyanotype process. In 2015, he spent the month of June in Can Serrat, a
residency outside Barcelona, Spain producing cyanotypes of photographs taken in
Barcelona. Schaefer taught photography for twelve years at New York University before
he moved to New Orleans, LA in 2015. He still teaches Cyanotype Workshops at The
Penumbra Foundation/Center for Alternative Photography in New York City and now in
New Orleans. His photography is represented by the Domeischel Gallery
( in New York City.